October 18, 2011

Toon ready and eager to play

MADISON - As promised by head coach Bret Bielema, Wisconsin senior wide receiver Nick Toon practiced Tuesday afternoon. Having sat out against Indiana, Toon is planning on playing during Wisconsin's first road test at Michigan State Saturday night.

After Tuesday's practice, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with Toon. The following is a question and answer with the senior playmaker.

Coach Bielema said you were coming back to practice today. Were you limited at all or did you practice full out?

Toon: Nope, I went out and practiced like any other day. I felt good and I'll be ready to roll on Saturday.

No lingering effects or anything?

Toon: Nope.

So was it your decision or was it….

Toon: It wasn't my decision solely. Obviously I know how my body feels. It was a decision made by me, the coaches and the doctors all together.

Was it more precautionary? I don't want to say anything about Indiana because you never know how a game is going to work out. But knowing what was ahead with Michigan State and Ohio State, was it about making sure you were 100 percent?

Toon: Yeah, when you're not healthy you're not healthy no matter who you're playing. Fortunately it fell on a week where we were able to go out and have success without me on the field. My foot is fine. It's just sore. X-Rays were negative. There's nothing going on in there. It was just too sore to go out and play on Saturday. Obviously it's a long season. So you want to make sure you can stay as healthy as possible. I'm glad that I'm feeling good now and looking forward to playing on Saturday.

Was it swelling at all? Or was it just more sore and tight?

Toon: It was just sore. I don't know what it was, but all that matters is that it feels good now. Hopefully we can keep it that way.

Were you nervous at all? Maybe that it was starting to flare up again and that you were going to have to go through some of the stuff that plagued you last season and in the spring?

Toon: I think anytime you get injured you get nervous. I've just got to take it day-by-day and do everything I can to get healthy, which I was doing. Obviously I was able to get healthy and I'm going to continue to do everything I can to stay healthy. I'll continue to practice and play everyday and stay healthy for the rest of the season.

What kind of treatment do you do on a daily basis?

Toon: I do a whole bunch of stuff. People down in the training room do a great job. I wouldn't be able to get out on the field as fast as I've been able to do, not only this time, but throughout my career here if it wasn't for them down there. Props to them.

So you're down there on a daily basis.

Toon: Yup. A few times a day.

I don't know if you saw Michigan State's coordinator say something along the lines of he teaches his guys to play 60 minutes of 'unnecessary roughness.' I don't know if you'll be able to answer this, but if one of your coaches told you to do that and that was the philosophy, what would it mean? What does that mean? How would you interpret that?

Toon: That's the way that they go about their business at Michigan State. We have a different philosophy here. That's really all I can say about that.

So what's it been like in practice this week with some of your defensive guys kind of coming after you a little bit more than usual, talking a little noise?

Toon: Our defensive and offensive scouts job is to try to emulate the opponent as much as possible. They're doing a good job, but you never know what's going to happen come Saturday. We'll go out there on Saturday and play our game. We'll be fine.

Do you talk trash during the game?

Toon: I wouldn't call myself a trash talker. I'm not silent during the game, but I'm not a guy that's going to go out there and talk every play.

Peter Konz uses a little bit of reverse psychology to opposing guys. He says thanks every time someone tries to talk trash to him. Are you like that?

Toon: It's different in every situation. I wouldn't put myself in either category. It really depends on the opponent. My job is to go out and catch the ball. All the extra stuff is what it is. I try not to get involved in it. If you go out there and take care of your business the rest is what it is.

Pretty fun trip to New York last night?

Toon: Yeah, it was really fun. Obviously it was a pretty cool opportunity. I'm very proud of my dad. It's a great honor. Not very many people get to experience that. It's very cool for him and it's very cool for him to make the trip out there.

Did they give him the Tooooooooooooooon chant?

Toon: Oh yeah. They were going nuts when he was on the field. It was cool.

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